Double Digits

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Mal and I hit double digits with our marathon training run today! Ten glorious miles!! It was awesome! :mrgreen:



Before meeting our team in South Boston for our training run, I grabbed a quick snack of whole wheat bread with Teddie peanut butter and banana slices. I also drank a small iced coffee with soy milk to help get me going.


When Mal and I arrived at the South Boston Running Emporium, our Team In Training coach, Christina, went over the 10-mile route before we all headed out to run.


We started down D Street to Summer Street and continued on past South Station to Boston Common. I ran the first mile with Mal before he took off at lightening-fast speed.


About a mile later, I bumped into him at the first water stop at Park Street. But, I didn’t see him again until we both finished.


The next 1.5 miles were around Boston Common and the Public Gardens. We did this loop twice before running back toward Southie.


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The next three miles back down Summer Street to East Broadway to the water were sort of a blur. I ran them with Christina and we chatted the entire time, so they flew right by.

I ran the final two miles by myself down East Broadway to West Broadway to A Street and back to the South Boston Running Emporium. The final two miles were the hardest for me because I felt like I had zero energy left. I had planned to take a Clif Shot around Mile 5, but it fell out of my pocket somewhere. 😕 Lesson learned: pants pocket does not effectively hold running fuel.


Even without my Clif Shot, I still managed to truck along at a good pace for the 10 miles:

  • Mile 1: 8:59
  • Mile 2: 8:53
  • Mile 3: 8:46
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 8:42
  • Mile 6: 9:26
  • Mile 7: 9:13
  • Mile 8: 9:26
  • Mile 9: 9:09
  • Mile 10: 8:31

I finished in 1:29:59 (8:59 pace) and my speed demon husband finished in 1:11:11 (7:07 pace). In fact, he’s so en fuego that our coach is putting him on an “intermediate” plan for the rest of our training.

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Mal and I both felt great (and very sweaty) after this morning’s run. The perfect fall/running weather didn’t hurt either! 😉



After finishing our training run, Mal and I chatted with our team for a bit, and then headed straight to breakfast at the Wheelhouse Diner. I was so hungry, I was about to eat my arm! 😯


As soon as we sat down at a table, I immediately ordered a hot cup of coffee to which I added cream and sugar. My sweaty clothing was making me so cold! Don’t ya hate that!?


To eat, I ordered my usual: two eggs over medium with homefries and rye toast. This meal is always delicious, but it tasted a-mazing after running 10 miles.


After breakfast, Mal and I went home, showered, and got the pug ready for a trip to the dog park. On the drive down to the park, we stopped to grabbed iced coffees. I finally tried Dunkin Donut’s Pumpkin Spice iced coffee, but I was sadly disappointed. It was WAY too sweet and syrupy for me. Ick.


On a happier note… what a beautiful day for the dog park!! 😀





Murphy had a blast running around and meeting new doggie friends.


And, of course, playing fetch with Dad.




We stayed at the park for about an hour. Murphy is pooped now!


On the drive home, Mal had a great idea: cupcakes!!! :mrgreen: We stopped by Babycakes to buy a couple.



I picked Pumpkin Spice (obviously) and Mal chose Oreo. The Pumpkin Spice cupcake had the best cream cheese frosting. I sort of wish I had ordered two cupcakes just for myself! 😉


Relaxing for a bit and then meeting friends for dinner and drinks.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday! 😎



  1. You guys are doing GREAT with the training! I’m impressed.

    I always tell people who ask me if I’ve had it not to get any sugar/sweetener with those pumpkin coffees at DD. I got it without milk/cream/sweetener figuring the syrup would be enough and it definitely was. I can see why people would dislike it!

  2. I wish I had read these comments before I got my coffee this morning! They must have changed the formula on the Pumpkin Spice coffee. I remember it being bitter last year. I drink my coffee with skim milk only, so I ordered it with a splenda, and was WAYYYYY too sweet.

    Love your pictures of Boston. I used to work right in downtown and I miss it. I wasn’t a runner when I lived in MA, I can’t imagine running downtown into Southie. Sounds like an adventure 🙂

  3. I think the DD pumpkin spiced coffee is WAY too swee,t too. I usually get a small iced coffee with a little bit of the pumpkin flavoring and then add in my own sugar if needed. That usually keeps the sweetness down.

    For pumpkin spiced drinks, I really like the nonfat pumpkin latte’s at Seattle’s Best (in Borders). But really, I like anything pumpkin spice. Those cupcakes look devine!

  4. Congrats on the double digits! That’s fantastic. I started jog/walking yesterday to rehab from my running injury. I am excited to hopefully someday run double digits!

  5. I had a DD’s Pumpkin Latte and i liked it a lot. but then I had a regular pumpkin coffee (not iced) but I felt the same as you, it was superr sweet and syrupy. Maybe the steamed and foamed whole milk in the latte overpowered the sweetness of the pumpkin??…try the latte let me know what you think!

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